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UNEMBARGOED: Credibility of SARS in the balance

16 hour(s) ago

It is extremely important that the integrity of the institution is left intact, while facts are properly established, writes Songezo Zibi

Victor Matfield remains a Titan of the game

Marco Wentzel of the Sharks tackles Victor Matfield of the Bulls during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on February 28 in Pretoria.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
16 hour(s) ago

He is the most capped Bok and regarded internationally as one of the finest to have played the game, writes Mark Keohane

Government must face up to its failed policies

Gavin Keeton
16 hour(s) ago

The state must focus on securing much higher levels of private and effective public investment and encouraging job creation wherever possible, writes Gavin Keeton

Cost of Zuma’s secretive VIP protection monster hits R2bn

16 hour(s) ago

Numbers do not lie: there is a small, elite and almost entirely unaccountable army growing inside the South African security services, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE MONEY: Court to rule on exchange controls

Stuart Theobald promo
16 hour(s) ago

The exchange control regime has changed … banks behave as if it hasn’t, writes Stuart Theobald

STRAIGHT TALK: On law, Swiss banks and dope

Mark Barnes promo
16 hour(s) ago

Everybody knew that Switzerland was the place to hide your money. It was arguably its raison d’être. No one objected, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE WATER: Chasing chickens beats paying tax

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his maiden budget speech on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
16 hour(s) ago

The government does everything with your tax except the bare minimum, writes Neels Blom

ON WORK: Choosing to unfollow where the thirdpartybraggers lead

Lucy Kellaway promo
16 hour(s) ago

Why do people demean themselves in this way? Partly it is because such retweeting administers a stroke to the ego, writes Lucy Kellaway


Previous columns


Here’s a better plan for the broadband roll-out

1 day(s) ago

DA leader Helen Zille is right to be concerned that the government has done a cosy deal with Telkom, writes Duncan McLeod

SIGN POST: At last, technology that specifically targets African needs

1 day(s) ago

Samsung Electronics’ new range of products — and the way they will be marketed — signals a shift in thinking, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Will revising contentious e-tolls win back ANC votes?

3 day(s) ago

The new dispensation should provide major financial relief to motorists, writes Natasha Marrian

Bob hates to love locals, loves to hate English

3 day(s) ago

Robert Mugabe is an Englishman to his fingertips: his sentiments about colonialists are staged, symptoms of an inferiority complex, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Games are meant to deliver one champion

Anthony Butler promo
3 day(s) ago

Fikile Mbalula, who has to use his portfolio to build political capital, saw that his Big Idea has to be the Olympics, writes Anthony Butler

THICK END THE WEDGE: Singapore in Africa? Here’s how to do it

Peter Bruce promo
3 day(s) ago

You cannot become a developmental state and remain an importing economy at the same time. Something has to go, writes Peter Bruce

One step forwards, one back for democracy

4 day(s) ago

Journalists elsewhere in Africa are jailed or killed, but in SA the problem is that authority or power seldom take responsibility, writes Anton Harber

STREET DOGS: Sage of Omaha insights

4 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu on Warren Buffett and the big picture: all things pass and market conditions change

Wealth taxation: ‘Shared sacrifice’ key to courting investment and ending instability

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4 day(s) ago

South Africans have seen huge growth in their assets since the global financial crisis, writes Xhanti Payi

THE INSIDER: Pretzel logic in parole bid Shaik didn’t make

Chippy Shaik.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

So the man who is said to be severely ill would like to have his medical parole converted to normal parole

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: SA’s nuclear Zumacrats ignore energy advances

4 day(s) ago

Every revolution has its reactionaries. In the US, these include the billionaire Koch brothers, who have been bankrolling the Tea Party wing and the climate-change deniers of the Republican Party, writes Simon Barber

Baleka Mbete and the turning worm

5 day(s) ago

Mephistopheles Mbete and her fabled impartiality may see her kowtowing out of Parliament just like her predecessor, writes Gareth van Onselen

Fica is a monumental failure that should be scrapped

Leon Louw promo
5 day(s) ago

There is no published reason to believe Financial Intelligence Centre’s efforts secured a single conviction that could not have been secured by conventional means, writes Leon Louw

Many scandals of football past threaten to taint its current achievements

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5 day(s) ago

Very few media houses bothered to carry the story when Safa posted a surplus, reversing its fortunes using prudent measures, writes Mninawa Ntloko

‘Black Tax’ an invisible obstacle to equality

5 day(s) ago

Black Tax is an everyday reference to the experience of structural discrimination that remains embedded in our society, writes Zama Ndlovu

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Floundering ANC needs to discover its own De Klerk

Allister Sparks masthead
5 day(s) ago

There are still sensible people in the ANC who know what needs to be done, just as there were ‘verligtes’ in the old NP, writes Allister Sparks

Bizarre world of stock market

6 day(s) ago

There are dangers inherent in the culture of financialisation, where people think they need to make money with their savings rather than with their own business, writes Michel Pireu

Ever-increasing batting totals often result in no chance of a fierce contest

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Common sense has no chance of prevailing unless financial ‘sense’ satisfies the Indian masters who control the global game, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Proof must be in the parliamentary pudding

President Jacob Zuma reacts to the events in the National Assembly during the state of the nation address in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER
6 day(s) ago

Using the 2x2=5 statement, the Insider concludes that she is, in fact, President Jacob Zuma

Condescending view of black business ignores facts

6 day(s) ago

Phakamisa Ndzamela confronts the generalised view that since 1994, black people have failed to start businesses from scratch without reliance on the state and BEE deals

Fiscal consolidation plan is finance minister’s challenge

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE
7 day(s) ago

SA’s public debt level has deteriorated faster than those of most of its emerging-market peers, writes Hilary Joffe

Disdain and indifference are the hallmark of ANC-SACP rule

7 day(s) ago

Mining and agricultural sectors, as well as property rights, are next in line, along with private healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, writes John Kane-Berman

ON THE MONEY: New bourse may deter investors

Stuart Theobald promo
7 day(s) ago

SA has a small economy with a relatively small group of possible listings, writes Stuart Theobald

Obama failing to live up to his pledges on Africa

7 day(s) ago

The realisation has gradually dawned on Africans that even a powerful leader with close family ties to the continent cannot change 55 years of ‘malign neglect’, writes Adekeye Adebajo

Share buybacks offer execs an easy way out

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1 day(s) ago

It’s time lawmakers and the regulators in this country started taking share buybacks seriously, writes Ann Crotty

THE LAST WORD: A sweet something for Steinhoff in JD deal

1 day(s) ago

Investors should keep a watchful eye on Steinhoff for signs that it may overstep the traditional rules of a parent-child relationship, writes Rob Rose

STREET DOGS: Technology and the human mind

3 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu looks at the importance of defining ones own life and saving free time from the tide of technology

THE INSIDER: Things go smashingly in Nelson Mandela Bay

Benson Fihla. Picture: THE HERALD
3 day(s) ago

In light of target-smashing service delivery achievements , PE mayor Benson Fihla can go out and get smashed this weekend

WINE: Despite the kindness of strangers, Pinotage still suffers from its past

Michael Fridjhon promo
3 day(s) ago

Antipathy among South Africans runs deep, well beyond the sniff-and-spit brigade, writes Michael Fridjhon

There’s nothing like a tax hike to get people asking the tough questions

4 day(s) ago

The short-term loss of disposable income will be compensated for by future growth, writes Trudi Makhaya

With luck, Nene’s holding operation can work for now

4 day(s) ago

Faced with load shedding and a growth outlook that is lower still, he has stayed on track to trim the deficit, writes Hilary Joffe

Assessment: Despite promises, first-timer Nene has missed more than a trick or two

Leon Louw promo
4 day(s) ago

Chance to scrap exchange controls and update labour laws goes begging, writes Leon Louw

Societal benefits: By paying more tax you’ll be saving more lives, adding more knowledge

4 day(s) ago

Minister promises measures to ensure government spends the money better, writes Steven Friedman

Leading Japanese firms become sugar daddies for SA rugby stars

4 day(s) ago

They not only pay huge salaries but they also provide a much more holistic, family-friendly playing environment, writes Liz McGregor

Tax and spending: Focus needs to fall on higher growth for state to meet ambitious goals

Gavin Keeton
4 day(s) ago

Prudent budgeting increasingly difficult as narrow tax base is squeezed tighter, writes Gavin Keeton

Self love goes with risky bets

4 day(s) ago

The theory goes that many behavioural traits we find undesirable in toddlers are an asset in senior management, writes Bronwyn Nortje

The deal with budgets

5 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu looks at different views on budgets and budgeting

Democracy deepens when leaders are censured

5 day(s) ago

Democracy is in trouble not when those who hold power try to abuse it, but when they get away with trying to abuse it, writes Steven Friedman

THE INSIDER: Newspaper billboard tells a chilling tale

A man picks up a copy of a newspaper after the budget announcement by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in March, 2013.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

A newspaper billboard in Cape Town has the Insider’s colleague scouring the streets for a newspaper vendor

For at least one yield chaser, SA still has lots to offer

5 day(s) ago

SA was one of only a handful of markets that can offer both returns and liquidity, writes Hilary Joffe

The internal combustion engine to stay for longer

6 day(s) ago

Non-internal combustion engine solutions for the aviation, shipping and freight industries are still far, far from being found, writes Alex Parker

Takeover of activism by exiles in ’90s just a myth

Nomalanga Mkhize
6 day(s) ago

Internal ANC leaders worked hand in hand with returnees to create some kind of stability for negotiations, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

LETTER FROM NAIROBI: Viewers not in picture thanks to digital wrangle

6 day(s) ago

Some of Kenya’s biggest media houses resist digital migration, writes Muthoni Maingi

STREET DOGS: Equity risk premiums

6 day(s) ago

Given their importance, it is surprising how haphazard the estimation of equity risk premiums remains in practice

Zuma vs Maimane: A tale of two speeches

7 day(s) ago

Selfish parties preach to the converted at the state of the nation debate, and miss a perfect opportunity to address real issues, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON WORK: Love and laziness a winning combination for an executive

Lucy Kellaway promo
7 day(s) ago

Never has the elevation of laziness been more needed at the very top, writes Lucy Kellaway

STRAIGHT TALK: Not easy, knowing when to go

Mark Barnes promo
7 day(s) ago

I don’t think we should extend the compulsory retirement age. If anything, I think we should reduce it. Make it 60, writes Mark Barnes

Bulls need to front up with a new attitude and game plan

Pierre Spies pursues Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on February 20 in Pretoria. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
7 day(s) ago

The Bulls … have one of the better squads in the competition and they should not be winless after two home games, writes Mark Keohan

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